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Gloucester Engineering Corp. files Chapter 11

By MPW Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

The manufacturer of blown- and cast-film extrusion lines hopes the move will enable it to reorganize and return to profitability. The situation is certainly difficult as one of the recession's lasting effects has been even more aggressive pricing among suppliers bidding for processors' business.   

TPE North American resin pricing, June 21-25: PE and PP steady; June PE contracts in dispute

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Overview: The spot commodity resin markets showed good trading activity last week, with prices holding steady for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Plastics spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reports that resins were flat in spite of the spot monomer markets trading higher, with short-term ethylene supplies affected by a recently reported cracker outage. PP contracts have followed polymer-grade propylene (PGP) monomer downward, settling $0.08/lb lower in June.

Plastics packaging: New testing equipment could help save on excess barrier material

By MPW Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Gas-and water-vapor barrier materials add cost and complexity to plastics packaging. What if you could reduce their use, or do away with them entirely? A new testing device helps you reach a quantified decision.

Injection molding: Flexibility to the fore with new aXos control unit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2010

Making its debut at K 2010 is a twin-screen control unit, called aXos, from injection molding machine machine manufacturer Netstal (Näfels, Switzerland). The upper screen includes a membrane keyboard for manual operation to show status, axis positions, and user-specific markings while the lower screen's main innovations include a free programmable sequence editor so a processor can build his own customized process sequence and will not have to rely on Netstal engineers to create a program specifically for the molding operations.

Need to replace elderly U.S. sewer pipes increases opportunities for extruders

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 28th, 2010

Renewed activity in replacing aging and obsolete water and wastewater pipe infrastructure in many cities throughout the United States will create demand for pipe. A report from The Freedonia Group said that demand is expected to rise 5.8% annually to $19.6 billion in 2014, exceeding 5.3 billion ft.

IMDA takes early involvement to the first level with student competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 28th, 2010

The In-Mold Decorating Assn. (IMDA) has created an opportunity for students to contribute to inmold labeling (IML) technology through the IMDA 2010/2011 IML/IMD Design Competition. This event recognizes the best original student designs of plastic packaging and durable products that incorporate IML or IMD (inmold decorating) as an integral part of the design. Awards will be made in two categories: Best IML (packaging) design and Best IMD (durable product) design.

New masterbatches add color to compostable plastics

By MPW Staff
Published: June 28th, 2010

New masterbatches from Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) have been formulated for use in biopolymer applications requiring compliance with European and U.S. standards governing compostability and ecotoxicity, including the harmonized EN 13432:2000 standard. Because they incorporate conventional (non-natural) additives and pigments, the new masterbatches are said by the supplier to be more economical and more process- and light-stable than "natural" products, and they bring a broader choice of colors and additive functionality to bioplastic products and packaging.

Cabot opens facility in Dubai

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2010

Cabot Corp. (Boston, MA) has opened a new black masterbatch manufacturing facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai. The plant has an initial production capacity of 25,000 tonnes/year with provision to expand to 75,000 tonnes in the future. The supplier built the new plant to help service what it says is an increasing demand for masterbatch in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

On the rise: Packaging that makes your life easier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2010

Protective packaging is hot, as more and more people shop online and shipping increases in both developing and developed regions of the globe. A Freedonia Group report says that world demand for protective packaging is projected to increase 7.8% per year to $22.2 billion in 2014, representing a "notable acceleration" from the 2004-2009 period.

What's that you say? Injection molder helps inventor successfully market new ear protection device

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2010

A new product and a new partnership are leading to success for custom injection molder Polymer Conversions Inc. and its customer, SensGard LLC, maker of hearing protection devices.

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